Campus & Community

Dear College students, Faculty, Workers and Family members:

With significantly less than four weeks to go in the spring semester, our campus is starting to working experience an uptick in COVID circumstances, a pattern that is consistent with what is transpiring throughout the nation and right here in Onondaga County. As we method the conclusion of year functions, together with closing projects and exams, and Graduation exercise routines, it is essential that we just take realistic action to decrease the effect of COVID bacterial infections on tutorial results and ordeals. Which is why, effective Tuesday, April 19, our campus will changeover to COVID degree “Blue.”

What does this action suggest for you?

Masking stage Blue signifies an elevated amount of transmission danger on campus and stipulates the subsequent rules on campus:

  • For all students, college and personnel who are vaccinated and boosted:
    • Masks Necessary at all times:
      • In the course of educational instruction (inclusive of classrooms, laboratories, libraries and lecture venues) and
      • Through non-educational activities and in specific amenities, as established by a community wellbeing chance evaluation. These exceptions will be communicated straight as acceptable, to incorporate the installation of signage as expected.
    • Masks Strongly Proposed:
      • When indoors on campus, and outside in the existence of others.
    • For vaccine-exempt people (permitted spiritual or health-related exemption), or if you have not still received a booster dose of the COVID vaccine:
      • Masks are needed at all instances and in all services while on campus, and though outdoors when in the presence of other folks.

Why was this choice designed?

Late previous week the U.S. Centers for Disorder Handle and Prevention expanded its suggestion for indoor masking from Onondaga and Oswego counties, to include an additional eight counties throughout Central New York. This elevated masking suggestion stems from an raising number of new COVID circumstances across the region, possible ensuing from subvariants of the omicron strain of the COVID virus. These subvariants ended up very first determined in Onondaga County quite a few weeks in the past. There is no present-day proof that these subvariants result in heightened degrees of health issues between vaccinated people. However, these subvariants do show up to be far more contagious. This is probably why we have experienced an maximize in new instances and exam positivity on campus above the earlier 10 days. Offered the substantial vaccination level among the our campus neighborhood, the most recent uptick of new cases on campus has not resulted in heightened stages of symptomatic sickness among students, workers and faculty. That mentioned, given that New York State community health and fitness law mandates a five-working day isolation period of time for people who test optimistic, the surge in new situations and affiliated course absences has progressively disrupted the academic expertise.

Public Overall health Reminders

The best way to safeguard you and these around you is to continue following superior public well being procedures, which includes:

  • Get tested! Totally free, on-demand tests carries on to be readily available to all asymptomatic learners, college, personnel and families at Kimmel Dining Corridor. To evaluation several hours of operation, remember to stop by the Remain Protected tests webpage.
  • Check for indications: If you are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, stay home. Do not report to perform or go to course. For learners feeling sick, get in touch with (do not bodily go to) Barnes Center Health Care at 315.443.8000. Be sure to do not check out the Barnes Heart till you have spoken with a crew member there by cell phone. College and team enduring COVID-like indications ought to continue to be property and make contact with their most important care physician.
  • Know what to do if you examination beneficial: If you are uncertain about what measures you should get if you appear down with COVID, remember to visit the Continue to be Protected web site to review our step-by-action reaction checklists.

As we have explained from the commencing, navigating COVID health and fitness and policy concerns—on behalf of all customers of our community—requires patience and flexibility of anyone in our group. We will continue on to keep track of present-day circumstances and refine our recommendations primarily based on the most up-to-day information, science and community health direction. We take pleasure in your ongoing cooperation and ongoing determination to preserving a secure and balanced campus local community.


J. Michael Haynie
Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives and Innovation